I’ve been thinking about this subject for a while and I know that I do not have all the information that I am looking for yet. But I heard a sermon by Norbert Link today entitled: “How Thankful Are You?”. It made me view the subject a little differently and I thought I would share with you.
Paul said that if we walk after the Spirit that the righteousness of the law would be fulfilled in us.
Rom 8:4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
So how do we walk after the Spirit? I can’t quite get a handle on it but the sermon on being thankful made me see it differently.
I talked earlier about how I sometimes want to go out and do things for myself. Here we are in the days of Unleavened Bread where we are focused on putting sin out of our lives. Many of us get excited about that and really try hard to do just that. But when we do are we truly walking in the spirit?
When I get excited I find that I begin to go off on my own strength trying to do something in my own power. But that’s not walking after the spirit that is actually walking after the flesh. When we try to do things on our own power or strength we are not relying on the Spirit within us for our power or strength.
Christ told us that without Him we could do nothing.
Joh_15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
So how do we tap into this source of power? Well that’s where today’s sermon gave me some insight. Mr. Link went through many scriptures showing us the things that we should be thankful for. And where the bible gave descriptions of the things that the Apostles gave thanks to the Father for. There were so many references that it finally dawned on me. When we give thanks for the help of God’s Spirit in our lives we are in fact releasing that spirit to move on our behalf. It is only when we try to do things on our own that we keep the spirit of God from helping us.
Pro 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
We need to think about, acknowledge and give thanks for the help of the Spirit of God everyday because that action is what will release the Power of the Spirit to do its work in our lives.
Think about how hard that might be for those who are steeped in the Laodicean mindset;
Rev 3:17 Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
If we let ourselves get to the point where we do not see that we need anything, then we are self sufficient, then we are walking in the flesh and we are bound to ultimately fall.
Pro 16:18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
Art Braidic wrote an excellent comment regarding pride being behind almost every sin. Here is a link to it as it adds to what we need to understand about putting sin out of our lives.
By Raymond Mills